Where Pep Guardiola's Manchester City again dazzled against the only side to stop them scoring at the Etihad Stadium in the league last season, Manchester United produced a tepid, defensively inept display that offered little hope that they will challenge this season
Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in Manchester City's 6-1 rout of Huddersfield Town Sunday before the champion's neighbour Manchester United suffered a limp 3-2 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion that left Paul Pogba questioning his team's attitude.
Where Pep Guardiola's City again dazzled against the only side to stop them scoring at the Etihad Stadium in the league last season, United produced a tepid, defensively inept display that offered little hope that they will challenge this season.
Sunday's other game saw Watford beat Burnley 3-1 to leave the Hornets as one of five sides unbeaten on six points at the top of the table.
United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side were punished for "big mistakes", with centre halves Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof particularly guilty as Brighton scored three first-half goals - more than United conceded in any Premier League match last season.
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His 86-yard pass found Aguero to make it 1-0. pic.twitter.com/ZNUyEKlmVv
Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy scored twice in two minutes and, after Romelu Lukaku hit back, Bailly conceded a needless penalty which Pascal Gross converted via David de Gea's legs.
Pogba's injury-time penalty, after Marouane Fellaini was brought down, came too late to matter.
United's captain was quick to admit that United have problems.
The contrast with City's performance hours earlier could not have been starker.
"The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us.— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 19, 2018
"I put myself first, my attitude wasn't right enough."
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Once Aguero broke the deadlock on 25 minutes there was no way back for Huddersfield, and the Argentine followed up with further strikes on 35 and 75 minutes as City made light of the absence of the injured Kevin de Bruyne.
Jesus and David Silva also scored with a late Terence Kongolo own goal meaning Huddersfield have now shipped nine goals in two games.
So complete was City's domination that it would have been no surprise if they had emulated the 10-1 scoreline they managed against the same opponent in 1987.
Particularly impressive was the range of attacking options open to Guardiola with almost every player providing a threat on goal.
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32 of 43 points since promotion picked up at home (W8 D8 L4)
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Unbeaten Watford are alongside City as joint leaders after an eye-catching win at Burnley, who have gone seven league games without a win, following early second half strikes from captain Troy Deeney and Will Hughes.
Watford had been winless in their past 12 away games and had last netted away from Vicarage Road in January.
Former Burnley forward Andre Gray had opened the scoring with James Tarkowski replying early in the game.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche accepted his side had handed the game to Watford after the interval.
Brighton 3 (Murray 25, Duffy 27, Gross 44-P) Man Utd 2 (Lukaku 34, Pogba 90-P)
Burnley 1 (Tarkowski 6) Watford 3 (Gray 3, Deeney 48, Hughes 51)
Man City 6 (Aguero 25, 35, 75, Jesus 31, Silva 48, Kongolo 84-og) Huddersfield 1 (Stankovic 43)
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